As first reported by Darren Rovell of ESPN, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has signed with Roc Nation Sports, a sports management firm founded by Jay-Z in 2013. Rovell boasts about the firm's list of top-tier clients, including Kevin Durrant (NBA), Dez Bryant (NFL), Leonard Fournette (NFL), and Robinson Cano (MLB). Here is what else we know about the move:
- Jackson is the first coach to be represented by the firm.
- In 2016, Jackson signed a four-year deal with a fifth-year option. That means that if all goes well, Jackson's contract would be up in 2021. If one is to believe that the Browns are headed in the right direction, then Jackson’s ties to the firm is a good long-term negotiation move.
- According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, Jackson “plans to start a foundation soon to help children in Cleveland and will do so with the help of Roc Nation.”
- John Thornton was Jackson’s agent when he was being hired by the Browns in 2016, and you can read about some of the things he did after Jimmy Haslam reached out to Jackson. In May 2016, Thornton left the firm Octagon to join Roc Nation Sports, which per Cabot “left Jackson without formal representation for a year.” Thornton no doubt would have had an influence on Roc Nation Sports adding Jackson as a client.